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Ethiopean Jews in Israel

yesterday morning (thursday 17th), 11.00-11.30am on bbc radio 4 (repeated 8.30pm monday, and repeated 1.32pm and 10.06pm in the assignment series, on bbc world service radio)
shades of jewish in israel (presented by david baker) (in the crossing continents series)

David Baker investigates claims that decisions are being made not on the basis of ancestry or religious observance but on the colour of people’s skin.
Israel gives all Jews the right to citizenship – but has it become less welcoming to African Jews?
Since its founding in 1948, after the horrors of the Holocaust, Israel has seen itself as a safe haven for Jews from anywhere in the world to come to escape persecution.
But now that policy is under threat. As Jewish communities in Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya are finding, a debate has arisen about who is “Jewish enough” to qualify.”

including interviews with …
sintayehu shifaraw, bible quiz competitor
• immigration lawyer nicole maor
• rabbi andrew sachs
• rabbi yosef hadane
(more…)

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Assignment: Palestinian horses

this morning (thursday 30th), 11.00-11.30am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 1.32pm and 9.06pm in assignment on bbc world service radio) (partly repeated in from our own correspondent, last saturday, from 0:13:30 to 0:18:50 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09fj9v3#playt=13m30s)
pride passion and palestinian horses (presented by linda pressly) (in the crossing continents series)

Linda Pressly follows one Palestinian owner and his colt as they navigate their way through Israeli checkpoints to the next big event in the Israeli Kibbutz of Alonim. Winning best in show is the plan but will they even get there?
Linda Pressly explores how a passion for horse breeding is uniting people in the West Bank.”

including contributions from …
hassan yaziz, horse owner
abdel nasser musleh, horse breeder
• mother nuha musleh
nahil safadi, horse breeder
ashraf rabi, horse breeder, founder of turmus ayya equestrian club
aliko of ariella arabians
• israeli horse judge chen kedar
(see also http://www.jpost.com/Magazine/Features/Arabian-knights) (more…)

Torah and Tech in Israel

tomorrow morning (thursday 8th), 11.00-11.30am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 8.30pm on monday)
torah and tech in israel (in the crossing continents series) (also in the assignment series on bbc world service radio, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p046ghy2 ) (more…)

BBC pre-Easter trailer 2

this morning (thursday 26th), 7.59-8.00am, on bbc radio 4,
bbc traditional pre-easter trailer, second version (for crossing continents)

(soothingly, to a background of Brahms’ Lullaby …)
(Unknown female announcer: 1:59:02) “In the new series of Crossing Continents, Tim Whewell gets exclusive access to the story of the only grand concert piano in Gaza.”
“230 strings to be changed?” “Yes!” “Well!”
“He finds out how music is being used to heal Gaza’s traumatised children.”
“Some of them have lost their fathers and their sisters maybe died in the war, so they are suffering. So you make them forget some of their bad psychological environment in their houses.”

(more…)

Gaza’s grand piano

tomorrow morning (thursday 26th), 11.00-11.30am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 8.30pm, monday 30th) (also repeated, on bbc world service radio, in the <b>assignment</b> series, 8.00pm tomorrow evening, and on palm sunday, 29th march, 9.05am)
saving gaza’s grand piano (in the crossing continents series)

“It has been hidden away in a dusty corner of an abandoned theatre, unplayed and almost forgotten – a magnificent instrument allowed to moulder away in a territory whose Islamist rulers banned public performances of music.
But now Gaza’s only grand piano is getting a new lease of life. A small Brussels-based charity* is restoring it to its former glory and at the same time is working to bring music back into schools.
With Hamas control steadily weakening the charity has begun a unique project to train teachers in Gaza to re-introduce music into the curriculum – not through music classes but through subjects such as mathematics and geography. It is helping disturbed children in this war torn territory to concentrate – and it is exciting teachers.
Tim Whewell gets exclusive access to the story of Gaza and its grand piano.”

(* apparently https://www.facebook.com/MusicFund
see also http://www.vlaanderen.be/int/londen/en/event/charity-concert-10-years-mu…)

(for photos of this yamaha C7 concert piano, see https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.809907022356343.1073741853.112…)
(see also article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32042375) (more…)

BBC pre-Easter trailer

this morning (monday 23rd), 7.59-8.00am, on bbc radio 4, and on over a dozen other occasions at various times over the next few days
bbc traditional pre-easter trailer (for crossing continents) …

(soothingly, to a background of Brahms’ Lullaby …)
(John Humphries: 1:59:02) “This week, Radio 4 goes to a troubled part of the world in search of music …”
(Unknown female announcer: ) “Gaza’s only grand concert piano survived the bombing in last years’ war. In the first of the new series, Crossing Continents has exclusive access to the story of its restoration, and how music is being used in schools to help traumatised children.”
(Palestinian child announcer, Sara Aqel: ) “Music might not build you a house, or might not give you your loved ones back, but it makes you feel better.”

this repeated trailer gives a totally different slant from the description on the programme page, which talks about “islamist rulers” banning music from public performances and from schools (more…)

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